Photograph of Lago di Carezza by Alex Nichol

Lago di Carezza

Whilst riding around the Dolomites, I came across Lago di Carezza, a beautiful turquoise lake with a bit of a legend behind it.

Apparently, it was home to a water nymph named Ondina who caught the eye of a sorcerer. Eager to win her favour, the sorcerer built her a rainbow bridge out of precious jewels, that stretched out across the water. When she rejected his generosity, he became angry and smashed it to smithereens.

Since then, the water has apparently shimmered with every colour of the rainbow, giving the lake it's other name "Lec de Ergobando" (the Rainbow Lake). I didn't see any rainbow colours, only the vivid turquoise you see in my photographs, which was special enough.

Lago di Carezza, Italy
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

These photographs were taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the extraordinary Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM .

Alex Nichol

About the photographer

Alex Nichol is an amateur photographer based in the UK dabbling with landscape, travel and documentary. Alex has shot with pretty much everything, from classic 35mm and medium format film cameras from Zenit, Leica, Hasselblad and Rolleiflex, to digital SLR and mirrorless systems from Leica, Sony, Canon, Panasonic and Olympus. He is currently shooting with the Fujifilm X System.

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